A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed against the National Judicial Council, NJC as well as Senator Hope Uzodimma over the appointment of Justice Ijeoma Agugua as the substantive Chief Judge of Imo State.
The suit, according to information available to Maazi, was instituted by Hon Justin Brown Amadi, but was dismissed out by Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo, who stated that the plaintiff had no locus standi to file the suit.
Hon Amadi had joined Imo State Judicial Commission, Hope Uzodinma, the State Attorney General, the Imo State House of Assembly as well as Justice Ijeoma Agugua as defendants to the suit.
He based his suit, on the provision of section 158 of the 1999 constitution, challenging the appointment of the Judge.
He also filed to restrain the NJC, from making recommendation of Agugua, as the State’s substantive Chief Judge.
Amadi claimed that Justice Agugua, would not give him fair hearing, if she is made the substantive Chief Judge when his petition has not been attended to.
The defendants however filed separate objections to the suit, querying the right of the plaintiff in the determination of the appointment of the Chief Judge.
The defendants stated that being a taxpayer, doesn’t give Amadi the right to stop the appointment of a Chief Judge, thereby holding the state at random for his personal opinion.
Justice Ekwo agreed with the defendants, that Amadi has no legal right to maintain such a suit before a court.
Ekwo also stated, that the Amadi had failed to tell the court, how his legal right will be jeopardized, if the Agugua was made Chief Judge.
Ekwo stated, that to allow Amadi proceed with the suit will amount to an individual holding a statutory body into ransom.
Ekwo then struck out the case, as lacking in merit and substance.